Debate on safety for drivers

first_imgOH professionals’ opinions are concerned on whether employers should takegreater responsibility for their drivers at workOccupational health professionals are being urged to join in a debate on thebest way to manage safety issues for those driving or working on or besideroads. A discussion document has been issued by the Work-related Road Safety TaskGroup, an independent body set up by the Health and Safety Commission and theDETR. It is seeking views on whether employers should manage at-work road risk inthe same way as other OH safety risks, or whether there should be a specifictest for occupational drivers. The document, Preventing At-Work Road Traffic Incidents, sets out what aroad risk management approach might encompass, and is looking for comments onhow best to encourage employers to put measures in place. It is also looking at the balance that has to be struck between theresponsibility of employers to manage road risk and the duties of drivers andthose working on or near roads to do so safely. Independent research by the Health and Safety Executive on behalf of thetask group has concluded that between 25 per cent and more than 33 per cent ofall serious road traffic accidents involve someone at work. Richard Dykes, chairman of the task group and group managing director ofmail services at the Post Office, said: “The estimate that up to athousand people die on the roads in incidents that are connected to work isstartling.” An HSC spokeswoman added it was “quite crucial” that OHprofessionals got involved in the debate at an early stage . The discussionperiod will last until May 25. Those wishing to comment should write to The Task Group Secretariat, Healthand Safety Executive, SPDA2, 5SW, Rose Court, Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HSor telephone 020 7717 6841/6340/6059 or e-mail [email protected] Related posts:No related photos. Debate on safety for driversOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img